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The season’s first managerial sacking has occurred this Monday, with Palace manager Frank De Boer the first casualty from the Premier League.
Although his sacking was anticipated before Sunday’s defeat to Burnley, critics and fans were not pleased as the league has just begun. Furthermore, De Boer’s sacking makes him the shortest managerial reign in Premier League history.
The question here is was his sacking justified by the Palace hierarchy?
Worse start in 93 years
The obvious reason of the sacking of De Boer was the Eagles calamitous start to the league season. Palace have lost all of their league games, while also failing register a goal in any of them. Although that is an alarming figure, Palace were not exactly poor.
They dominated away against Burnley and should of at least rescued a point from the game. They also had a solid display against Liverpool at Anfield, with the reds scoring a goal late on and Palace Striker Christian Benteke missing their best chance.
Even their first game Palace showed a promising spectacle against Huddersfield before going down three nil. These results accumulated to De Boer’s early season sacking.
Lack of Spending Power
With this summer’s transfer market regarded as the craziness ever due to the inflated prices for players, it came to a surprise that Palace invested little on their squad.
Loan signings Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Timothy Fosu-Mensah were accompanied Jairo Riedewald from Ajax suggested De Boer had little influence on players transfers. Although they signed Mamadou Sakho on deadline day, it gave De Boer little time to tinker with his squad for the up and coming games.
Moreover, teams around Palace invested heavily on their squads to try and prevent falling through the trapdoor come the end of the season. This heavily suggest that De Boer should be held solely responsible to their dismal start.
Tough fixtures ahead
With Palace standing on zero points, their next set of fixtures are not regarded as easy.
With Southampton at home next weekend, Palace will also entertain the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in the coming weeks. This can be suggested that Palace removed De Boer as they did not expect him to obtain any points from these games.
However, with Roy Hodgson taking over, does this put Palace into a better position? Both Manchester clubs and Chelsea are challenging for the title and are on good form, so one can expect nothing but Palace defeats in these fixtures.
Was De Boer the wrong man for the job?
When De Boer was appointed manager of Crystal Palace in the summer, many raised eyebrows as to why him.
Former Palace chairman Simon Jordan was not a fan, claiming De Boer lacked the experience as he spend the majority of his short managerial career in the Eredivisie. Additionally, De Boer was coming off a poor stint as Inter Milan boss, where he only lasted a couple of months.
Furthermore, it was wildly expected that current Watford boss Marco Silva would be given the reins to the club before the hornets snapped him up. This signifies that De Boer may have been plan B.
Despite the poor start to the season, Frank De Boer should have given more time to adjust to the competitiveness of the Premier League.
As stated above, he earned zero points from a possible twelve but his team were never struggling in those games and were playing strong, with only their players missing plenty of chances.
Unfortunately for De Boer, the Premier League does not carry passengers and if one cannot cope to its high demands, they will be out of a job before they realise it.
Written by James Reidy
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